Rugby MP bloodied in tense Parliamentary Six Nations finale - The Rugby Observer

Rugby MP bloodied in tense Parliamentary Six Nations finale

Rugby Editorial 20th Mar, 2019   0

ALMOST matching the drama of the final day of the professional tournament, the Parliamentary Six Nations came to a thrilling conclusion last weekend – leaving Rugby’s MP with a cut to the head.

Mark Pawsey got stuck into the Commons and Lords Rugby Football Club’s final game against the visiting Scottish Parliamentary team.

The Scots went one better than their national team – who clawed back from 31-0 down to draw the game 38-38 – by scoring late in the match to win 27-17.

The Parliamentary Six Nations runs each year alongside the international tournament, with teams representing the parliaments of the competing nations playing for both honour and for good causes.

The Commons and Lords team plays on behalf of England, with teams from the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly representing their national teams.

Mr Pawsey said: “It’s always a pleasure to play rugby against the Scottish Parliamentary team and our games are always well contested. This final match of the Parliamentary Six Nations was no exception – as my head can attest to!

Mark Pawsey suffered a head injury during a hard-fought match against the Scottish Parliamentary team.

“Congratulations go both to the Scottish Parlaiment for snatching victory in the final moments, and also to the Welsh national team for their well deserved Grand Slam victory.

“Of course, the Parliamentary Six Nations is not about who wins or loses – it is an opportunity to strengthen our ties with other parliaments outside of more formal engagements. Sport is a great way to do this, as it brings people together in a way that nothing else can quite replicate and we have all formed lasting friendships with those from other countries through these games.”

He added that the tournament also raises funds for good causes, such as Premier Rugby’s Hitz charity which works with disadvantaged youngsters across the country, including with Wasps Rugby in Coventry.

He said: “I have seen for myself the transformative effect these programmes can have and it’s a real pleasure to be able to support them.”


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